Prairie Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Custer, SD that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This is an easy trail that winds up through rolling prairie grasslands and into forested areas along a path that provides great views of Custer State Park and surrounding areas. Depending on the time of year, the trail offers spectacular wildflower displays and a small stream which dries up in mid-summer. It is well-marked. Park officials asked us to report the presence of any bison along the trail (none), but we did spot plenty of birds and an immature rattlesnake, which went on its own way without bothering us. Additional details about this trail can be found on the park brochure.